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MSNBC
Aug 29, 2013 4:00pm PDT
be kidding. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. ask yourself, would abraham lincoln be a republican in 2013? would the man sitting up in that chair yesterday be invited to join the party of the birth errs, nullifiers and talkers of succession? just ask yourself in a lineup of ted cruz, rick perry and michele bachmann, and the great emancipator, who would be the odd man out? the reason the republican party wasn't represented yesterday at the king reunion at the lincoln memorial is that the republican party no more longer represents abraham lincoln. its real leader today would be jefferson davis or george wallace or strom thurmond, or some other character in the long list of null fires and obstructionists and states righters. can you imagine the reaction of tom paul had he been alive at the time of the emancipation proclamation? please don't ask. can you imagine to rick perry's claim that texas has the right to succeed from the unionany time it phil feels like it. the values of abraham lincoln, the belief in a strong federal government, the param
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 11:00pm PDT
right. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm kris matthews in washington. he has done it to damascus, now he is doing it here. president obama today drew a red line here at home. any republican who tries to bring this country into the default, fails to pay interest on the national debt is the enemy. there will be no deals, the president says, no talks, no schmoozes, no bedtime stories, no nothing. you are cut off. america will pay its debts. it will not default. it will not destroy its credit in the world. and you can threaten. you can scream and yell, but the united states government will not fail in the bankruptcy because of this economic terrorism you on the right purport to be a political philosophy. well, the secretary of the treasury said it less dramatically this morning, but said it just as clearly. any attempt by the right wing to threaten this country with national default will be met with the strongest response, no deals. bashar al assad in damascus, but against those in this country who would jeopardize the country's financial strength. joining me right now are t
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 5:00pm EDT
evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. there's news tonight that some on the american right are plotting the global explosion of a default on the u.s. national debt this fall. the plot is the to tie the regular vote to extend the debt skeel together obliteration of the affordable care act. according to the plans leaked to right leaning news organizations, any measure to finance the health care act would detonate refusal to make good on american debt, the first time this has happened in this country's history. the repercussions of which could explode the world economic order. do the leaders of the republican party intend to go this far? do they dare to sabotage the american economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the affordable care act that is the law of the land? will they go to this drastic extreme to intimidate the u.s. congress or the president or both? and if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most preliminarial loyalty to the common national interests where anything goes, where the ends justify whatever means
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2013 4:00pm PDT
play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews back in washington. in the news tonight, hillary clinton way ahead of schedule. suddenly it's as if she's the next president, even if barack obama is still president. but wait. wait a minute. it wasn't supposed to be like this. the hillary bandwagon wasn't set to rumble till after the 2014 elections, till the hillary forces were fully organized and ready to make their kick. why suddenly does it feel like she's in the driver's seat? well, people are either positioning themselves already for a role in hillary's government or acting to lock in positions they have with either her or the few people she would give authority to hire for her. why does it feel like the train has already left the station? what does this mean for the other side? if the republicans are also looking for jobs in 2016 and need to win to get those jobs, if they see her on the move already, does that mean they're more likely to push a candidate who actually has a good chance of boxing her out for the center? those people in the middle politically? in other
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2013 2:00pm PDT
out, nixon was also rooting for the other side, the washington redskins who lost to the dolphins in super bowl vii. the rest of the beltway crowd either supported the redskins skins or waffled on the issue. just take a look at this coverage from the day before that big game in january of 1973, there wasn't a single dolphins fan. >> among those 75 million spectators will be one president of the united states and many members of congress and other washington figures. we asked them to talk about the super bowl and here's what they said. >> who's going to win the big game, senator. >> it's a tossup. >> well, the retd skins. >> what's your prediction, senator. >> on what? >> going to be a great game, great game. >> i don't like to jinx the redskins but i thinked redskins are going to win. >> i'm for the over the hill game. >> the redskins are going to win the big game. >> the better team will win. >> which is going to be the better team? >> the one who gets the most points. >> the redskins, of course. >> the redskins. >> why? >> because they have more crash worthy request. >> >> the reds
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2013 2:00pm PDT
get sucked into every issue in washington right now but she is putting herself in in front of a lot of these issues. she said at the bar association she's going to give a speech on the nsa debate right now which is really interesting given that in 2008, the primary was lost in part because of the left's upset with her vote for the iraq war. the nsa is an issue liberals are very unhappy about and the base of her party is unhappy about. i'm surprised she's getting out there ahead of things. >> and very forward looking. she could go in and reminisce about being first lady or talk about her tenure as the secretary of state. governor, the $64,000 question. here it is. how much are these movements across the country by the gop precipitated by census data pertaining to what's to come in this country in 2050 when whites become a minority as a group of the population? >> i think a lot of it's being driven by that. by the way, you're showing your age. no one under 35 knows what the $64,000 question was. but you're absolutely right. it's being driven by that, and it is truly despicable. i don'
MSNBC
Aug 15, 2013 2:00pm PDT
factor contributing to the long lines and the voter frustration. joining me now, the "washington post's" pulitzer prize-winning columnist eugene robinson and republican strategist rick tyler. gene, what would be your response to senator paul when he says show me the objective evidence of disenfranchisement? >> i'd say the evidence is pretty evident. there is that m.i.t. study about how long minorities had to wait to vote as oppose todd whites. you already have a system that puts added burdens on minorities who would like to vote. then you add on top of that voter i.d. requirements, which we know are going to disproportionately affect minorities, and you end up with i think plenty of evidence that these laws have the effect if not the intent of turning african-americans away from the polls. >> gene, when i say to folks this is a solution in search of a problem, they often respond to me by saying how do you know there's not more fraud taking place but people are getting away with it? you can't prove it if they're getting away with it. >> well, no, but you'd think this they get caug
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2013 2:00pm PDT
warning, let's play "hardball \s>>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. a dozen years ago this month, the united states of america received a sharp warning. bin laden. determined to strike in u.s. that message was delivered to the president directly. a month later this country was hit harder than at any time since pearl harbor. but without blaming george w. bush for failing to act sufficiently to that warning an of august 6th, 2001, should anyone blame this president and his people for acting in time this time? joining me tonight from cairo, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and with us from new york, msnbc terrorist analyst governor coleman. nbc is reporting now the interrogation behind the worldwide terrorist alert this week was an intercepted communication between the leader an of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and the leader of al qaeda central over in pakistan. the man who succeeded osama bin laden zawahiri. the two men reportedly agreed that they wanted to do something big. timed to the end of the muslim holy month of
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2013 2:00pm PDT
." >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight, invasion of the body snatchers. the soul of a major american political party is suddenly up for grabs. party of lincoln and the emancipation proclamation of teddy roosevelt and an american constitution, the american conservation movement, the party of reagan who signed the deal with the so theests that eliminates nuclear weapons could be going ballistic. ted cruz talks in brinksmanship terms about shutting down the american government. he speaks in cold war language of not blinking when it happens. letting the government drop before him as he gazes on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this country's enemies. iran and north korea. will the republican party fight back? will they refuse to let their party's soul be grabbed by this new hard right that harkens back to the worst methods of the early 1950s? will they or let the cruzs and pauls and the rest dictate the new terms of political warfare in this country where no one bli
MSNBC
Aug 1, 2013 11:00pm PDT
chris matthews. >>> monster. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's a ghastly story, more ghastly than most can imagine. three women kept captive in the dark for over a decade, again and again raped, chained to walls. they escaped this may after one of the captive women broke through a storm door on that street and flagged down a neighbor. well, today the monster who did this, ariel castro, was sentenced to life in prison, plus a thousand years. he had pled guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and murder. he will never be a free man. but the staggering moment came today when one of the three victims, michelle knight, spoke about the horror of the basement, the horror of the monster who kept her there and used her. >> i missed my son every day. i wondered if i was ever going to see him again. he was only 2 1/2 years old. when i was tooken. i cried every night. i was so alone. i worried about what would happen to me and the other girls every day. the days never got shorter. days turned into nights, nights turned into da
MSNBC
Jul 31, 2013 11:00pm PDT
washington. let me start -- this story amazes me. i've worked in politics for a long time, and that said, i've never stuff like this that's coming out just tonight and i think in politics, left right and crazy and never heard stuff like this coming out of the weiner operation. it is unbelievable. we'll try to explain the lingo coming out of the campaign as it crashes and falls apparently. what people are talking about, the language they're using, i've heard bad language. this is just lightning years ahead of it. the american politics does have a measure of true nobility. we all know that, certainly at times. you have to judge tonight for yourself when you think of this latest stuff coming from inside the weiner operation. howard fineman joins me in this incredible fest. i don't know what it is. he's a "huffington post" media leader and maggie haberman, senior political reporter from politico. maggie, at some point we just have to laugh. i refuse to give in to this as a tragedy. i know it has tragic elements. more trouble for weiner in the script tonight. yesterday in the "new york d
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 2:00am EDT
." i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. colin powell, perhaps the most respected republicans in country, says his party is sending a message to african-americans by pushing measures making it harder to vote, it's saying that it -- the it wants to punish -- this puts colin powell, the hero of the gulf war in a battle with rnc chair reince priebus, who has presided over the multistate effort to close down voting days and set higher requirements for voting in this country. who are you going to call? the general who wants americans -- all americans to vote and participate in this country's government? or the party chair who supports bills for making it harder for minorities to young people to vole? who are you going to call? colin powell or reince priebus, the field marshal of the rnc. who vastly reduced the number of black voters. james peterson is a director at lehigh, an engineer, and clarence page, a columnist for "the chicago tribune." let's start with colin powell, and what he s
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 7:00pm EDT
where most voters are. not only that, he really demonstrates what is wrong with washington, the gridlock, the obstruction, the very clearly saying in his own words our number one goal is to try and defeat president obama. that was his stated policy goal. and so i think a lot of voters have just had it with washington as usual. and there is no one really who demonstrates washington as usual as much as mitch mcconnell. the fact that his own campaign manager can't get excited about him is really a symptom rather than a cause of where his troubles are going to be. >> sam stein, you are mitch mcconnell. i know this is a stretch for you. but i want you to put yourself into his mind and body. must you now fire this guy? >> no. you can't fire this guy. part of the reason that jesse benton was brought over to run the mitch mcconnell campaign was to give him the type of cache with the rand paul, ron paul crowd. he's ron paul's son-in-law. this is not someone you can easily toss to the side and dismiss because you risk offending a great swath of primary republican voters. thing is the most
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm EDT
daily rundown." and msnbc political analyst with "the washington post." chuck, you know this president so well, was this calculated, or do you think he got caught up in the moment of responding to that particular question? >> oh, it's hard to say. i think this has been getting under his skin for a while. so calculated's probably not the word i would use, but i think he wanted to make sure that he drew a line, was a bit more defiant. he's been getting a lot of grief behind the scenes saying you've got to sell this law better, you've got to do this. and i heard more clarity from him than i have in a while on this. of course, the real test of all this, michael, is going to be is he start going on the road and p proactively doing this rather than doing this when he's asked a question about health care but proactively going out on the road and selling this and selling imple menation. he's got to find a moving congress on this which is going to be a lot harder. republicans just sit there and they look at the scoreboard. and they say, guess what, half the country thinks it's a bad idea. less
MSNBC
Aug 22, 2013 2:00pm PDT
happening in washington, he would have had a reputation about it and wouldn't have gone away with it for so long. he managed to have a longtime career, not as a standout congressman, but i'm still amazed. they were women who served in our armed forces that had been raped during their service that he tried to put the moves on. i'm just amazed that he admitted and still wanted to hang onto his job until tomorrow. >> often live it was a time-delay tactic its only two weeks i want what do you think about this? we don't know -- this thing hasn't gone to trial, and may well go to a civil court. we'll know more about how he was able to intimidate people. did he threaten their jobs? i don't know what he did to avoid people. the headlock one jumps right out at you ivlts it's horrible. >> this isn't anything on the border. this is way over, almost criminal. >> yeah, and it's been awful, too, to lynn to him claim age as an execution like times have changed, he didn't get the memo. >> when was the headlock era? i want i don't know, chris. i'm just not that old. i shouldn't be making light of it.
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 5:00pm EDT
games begin. susan page is washington bureau chief for "usa today." michael controlly is a senior correspondent for "time" magazine. michael, i love this stuff. i think "hardball" watchers love this stuff. others might be thinking, oh, it's just too soon. what is the importance of the early jockeying? >> well, you know, on some level it's not that important. a lot of the people who get early attention and applause at these things don't end up going anywhere, you know, we'll recall how michele bachmann won the straw poll last time around. you know, but there is -- there are these invisible primaries underway and particularly i think the most interesting one right now is this jackying to be the kind of -- there's clearly going to be a moderate establishment candidate, a romneyesque candidate. might be someone like chris christie. a lot of people want to fill the more of the more tea party hard-core take no prisoners is conservative candidate. so i think what's happening right now to a large degree is jockeying, for instance, including cruz and rand paul to be that more conservative
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2013 11:00pm PDT
play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. reince priebus is on the warpath again. the rnc chairman who has made bones trying to suppress african-american votes now has a plan to suppress the free media. having waged war on the 15th amendment, the one that gave african-americans the right to vote, he is now batting down the hatches on a free press. priebus' plan, which he described last night, is to take control of the republican nominating process, deciding who will be the moderators of the debates, which debates will be authorized, and which networks will be allowed to sponsor them. he, reince priebus, will decide if this big push for personal control is consistent with his oversight of a major republican plan to make it harder for minorities, the elderly and young voters to cast ballots. having loaded people down with more document requirements, voter photo i.d. cards and the rest and few opportunities to vote, he now is lowering the boom on the news networks. if nbc dares to run a planned miniseries on hillary, reince pri
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 2:00pm PDT
matthews. washington, let me start tonight with this. the wild right is readying its attack. the ted cruz wing is about to make its run for an historic takeover in the party in which it has made its home. each day, the far right is building his strength to bring government to a halt and confront washington with an ultimatum. if the worried leaders do as they're told and kill obama care, even if it means killing the government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of gop congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to -- and meadows here, to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> yes or no? >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the gov
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 11:00pm PDT
washington with its ultimatum. those worried leaders do as they're told to kill obama care even if that means shutting down the federal government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of republican congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do or hope to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. pay close attention to who's calling the attention here. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the president of the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the government. >> do you think harry reid is going to pass that in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. >> we need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> i'm joined by democratic strategist s
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT
play "hardball." >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's about killing people. when all the words are spoken, the conversation about needing to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the night shift, people just doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that vogue magazine spread won't be anguished by this sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no. the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying, little family people whose husbands do the cut work. war sucks, even in neat little bite-sized act of war like the one that might come any day now. and yet, and yet, how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what t
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 7:00pm EDT
national review, a conservative organization. not a right wing one. and the washington examiner a bit to the right of that with news stories saying people on the republican right are planning to step back from a government shutdown but to proceed to an escalation, defaulting on the national debt. that would be their threat. they would cut off if they could. and therefore of course default. what do you think of this? >> bad to worse, chris. i don't know. if you thought that holding the debt ceiling hostage was a bad idea, if you thought a continuing resolution holding that hostage was a bad idea, you'll hate this one. republican elders said we cannot hold the country hostage, we can't hold the budget hostage on defunding obama care. it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is an even worse idea. as the national review reported, house leadership is engaged in political wink wink kabuki theater where they have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink. i think over th
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 2:00pm PDT
washington's highest priority. that should be washington's highest priority. that's joe's highest priority. that's bob casey's highest priority. that's my highest priority. that's what we should be focused on every single day. but we do have a problem, which is we've got some of our friends down in washington who, and you know, it's not all republicans. but there's a strong faction. who instead of focusing on what's helping middle class families succeed, they're spending time arguing about whether or not we should be paying the bills for things we already spend money on. they're threatening to shut down the government and have another financial crisis unless, for example, we get rid of the health care reform that we fought to pass and that's going to provide millions of people health care security for the first time. that won't create jobs. that's not going to help our economy. that doesn't strengthen the middle class. i have not seen a policy coming out of them that would actually help ordinary folks. and we can't afford the usual washington circus of distractions and political p
MSNBC
Aug 2, 2013 2:00pm PDT
evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. remember what president obama said about the republicans about how their endless symbolic votes to kill obama care are now part of american law, by the way, don't constitute an economic plan? well, they didn't get the word. before the congress left for a five-week vacation today, they had one last piece of business to attend to. it wasn't creating jobs. it was another vote to kill obama care. if you're scoring this at home, it's the 40th time the republican-led house voted to of repeal is, defund or cripple the law. it is government by tantrum meaningless. meaningless measures, meaningless roll calls, meaningless speeches as they say down in texas, it's all hat and no cattle. republicans are united against obama care when it comes to votes like this one, but a warring faction of tea party republicans led by ted cruz of texas are making it very real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the law is not killed. apparently the strategy is being lambasted as silly, dumb, unachievable and political suicide. and the
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 5:00pm EDT
right of where most voters are. not only that, he really demonstrates what's wrong with washington, the gridlock, the obstruction clearly saying in his own words, our number one goal is to try to defeat president obama. and so i think a lot of voters have justhood it with washington as usual. there's no one who demonstrates that as much as mitch mcconned. the fact that his own campaign manager can't get excited is a symptom rather than a cause. >> sam stein, usual mitch mcconnell, i want you to put yourself into his mind and body. must you now fire this guy? >> uh, no, you can't fire this guy. part of the reason that jesse benton was brought over was to give him the type of cachet with rand and ron paul? as you mentioned his's ron paul's son-in-law. so you cannot just ease will i toss him aside. it is damaging to the extent that matt biven cannot just turn around and say, listen, even conservatives, even the -- on own campaign admit they have to hold their nose to work for the guy, so why not vote for the true conservative? that's where it becomes damages. >>> what are you hoping for? d
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2013 11:00pm PDT
. >>> tonight 44. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. did you see the movie "42"? it's the story of jackie robinson, the first african-american to play in the major leagues. it's the story how a number of bad guys tried to bounce him out of the game, even at his first at-bat. the snarls from other dugout t cat calls from the crowds, the trouble even from his own teammates. they all wanted the same, to somehow make it like this guy, this black guy was never in the majors to begin with. what we're watching right now on the news could be called 44. it's about the same crap being thrown at the first african-american to make to it the white house. he's not from here, he's from kenya or indonesia or some place else. he's got no right to be president. the shouts come from the dusty towns of texas all the way to trump tower. he's not eligible to be our country's head of state. that was only the beginning. next came the effort to delegitimize the people who put him in office. can't let that happen again. so the word went forwar
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